Twice a month on Wednesday mornings I have knitting mornings. I started doing this more than a year ago when some women in my Bible study saw a poncho I'd made and wanted to learn to knit. I've taught a bunch of women to knit this past year, and I always feel so proud when they finish a project and wear it and love it. Most of the women have children at my daughter's school; around there I'm known as the knitting lady. Just last week, someone said, "You look familiar. I know I've met you before." I went through all the things I'm involved in, and then she said, "Oh, you're the knitting lady!" I try not to leave home without my current knitting project, and so I knit everywhere I go. I've found it's a great way to make new friends.
I get out my china, fill my sugar bowl with sugar cubes, make lots of coffee, a big pot of tea, and something yummy to eat. Today we had angel food cake. I cut it in half and filled the center with a caramel cream cheese filling (one package of cream cheese + 1 cup brown sugar, mixed together) and sliced strawberries--yummy!
I worked on my green wool slippers; I have to work on simple projects on knitting days so I can stop and answer questions and eat and talk without making too many mistakes. I'm going to add wide satin ribbon after they're felted and tie them around my ankles like pointe shoes!
We were a small group today--only five of us. I was really excited because my friend Katie brought some of her watercolor paintings to show us. They were incredible--and one she did of a vase of tulips would look perfect in my living room! We talked about taking a water color class as a group next fall--something I've always wanted to do.
I finished the first slipper later this afternoon (I started on the second one right away; I have to, because I have a hard time finishing things that come in pairs if I take a break in between) while Emma and I watched Seven Brides for Seven Brothers(Howard Keel and Jane Powell)--one of my all-time favorite movies. Toben laughs at it, but I sing along with gusto since I know all the songs by heart. Maybe that's part of why he laughs... By the time we finished it, Audrey was home from school and we went back to watch the big dance number at the barn raising again. "This song makes my feet dance," Emma said. I agree! And it also makes me want to wear lace trimmed camisoles, pantalettes, and a gingham dress with a white apron.
Toben's aunt and uncle got home from their trip to Seattle and Victoria, BC, last night, so we had dinner together tonight. They gave me beautiful flowers for my birthday--there's a huge hydrangea blossom in the center (love them!)--and these metal foot forms. Susan found them and knew they were for me. "I don't know what they're for, but I knew you'd love them," she said. Yes, indeedy! The best we came up with was a form for drying wool socks to a certain size. Any other ideas?